Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pool Update - One More Week To Finish

Seems like things are at the moving slow stage of building a pool.  We left off with the shotcrete being sprayed and formed in the pool.  You can see that here.  That needed to cure for a week and then we were waiting all last week on the deck guys.  Finally we are making progress again.

5/22 - Getting the forms set to pour the concrete for the Kool-Deck.  I am loving the large extension to the patio this creates.

They started out by removing all the forms around the outside of the pool.  These are the ones they added when they were doing the shotcrete so they could get the outside edge perfect.

 Then back to measuring again.  They used a hose as a water level and marked all the way around the pool so they could put their forms exactly level.  They have to make sure all the water from splashing and rain drains away from the pool.

 Part of the buys were starting to stake the forms for the decking around the pool.

 It's always like a bunch of ants, guys working everywhere.

 They are almost done, forms set and ready for the concrete pour.

 I am going to love this huge extension to the patio.

You can see how you will step straight from the patio to the Kool-deck area.  I'm going to have plenty of room for a table and chairs and a couple of lounges if I want.

5/24 - A wonderful cement truck pulled up and a crew of 5 men shows up too.  Time to pour the concrete for the pool decking.

These guys had an assembly line going with the two wheel barrows, loading them up and then coming around to the back and dumping them.

They started leveling out the concrete just as soon as they got a load poured in.

Then another guy starts to smooth it all out.

All the forms are full and all the concrete is smoothed out on top.

They snapped a string to mark off where they were going to make the grid break points in the slab.

 This guy was amazing to watch.  He had a trowel that he was a master at working and 4 pole extensions that he could add or subtract the reach across the whole pool

All the grid break lines carved into the cement.  Then just as soon as they get the cement smoothed out, they start taking the forms off inside and outside.

 Then one of the guys gives it a light sweeping for texture.  Not enough to leave lines in the cement, just a fine sweeping and texture.

 The rest of the forms are taken off on the inside of the pool.  Those white boards were there to hold the concrete until it dried enough to hold it's own shape.  The pool decorative tiles will go right under that lip that the boards created.

 Totally done, now you can see how the pool deck is going to work with the yard landscaping.  Plenty of room for a table and chairs and even a couple of lounges.  Next to the patio you see the drain bar that was installed.  The concrete is poured with a slant so the patio and the decking both drain towards the drain bar.

 This has to cure for a couple of day, then the tile guys come to add the tile around the top edge of the pool, then the Acrylic Lace is applied to all the decking.   It is a beige color  and this product is what makes the deck cool to walk on.  A clean up crew will also be here this next week to clean up all the debris left behind.

After that, the final inspection, the Pebble Tec interior plaster coating and then filling it up.  I can't wait, this is so exciting.

Now we really, really need that landscaper to get here to install the lighting, drip system and haul in a ton of top soil and gravel to cover up the dirt.  We will be swimming soon.

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  1. This is exciting! You will enjoy this pool for many years.

  2. It looks great, Marty! Too bad they couldn't finish before Memorial Day.

  3. Thanks for sharing your journey about the pool installation. I have not seen one put in and its an education in itself to see the steps involved. Its going to be beautiful and after the landscape/table/chairs are in you can relax and just swim. Didn't know they could treat the concrete deck so it wouldn't be so hot - that is really cool. Enjoy!

  4. How exciting Marty! I bet you can't wait until it's done!!!

  5. how exciting! you are at the finish line now Marty!

  6. These guys are real pros! I always found it intriguing to see cement finished off- there's definitely a technique to doing it right. I like the shape they created - it definitely compliments the pool! Can't wait to see the pool finished and water in it!

  7. I'm just a little green with envy! Still haven't talked my husband into a pool but I'm not giving up. I'm so happy for you!! You'll be dipping in before you know it.

  8. You're not just a little excited are you, Marty? Gotta love these "worker bees" who don't seem to let the sun and heat slow them down!

  9. This is so exciting, Marty...can't wait to see it all finished!

  10. I see a great summer in your future - and a great backyard. Please keep showing us the progress.

  11. It is so exciting to watch the progress!! Happy summer to you!!!

  12. Yes, so exciting...I am sure you cannot wait to take that first dip in the pool! I am sure you are also anxious to set up and decorate that deck!

  13. Oh Marty, I am so excited for you - you will be swimming soon. Looks great.

    Have a terrific weekend and don't work to hard.


  14. I am so excited for you! This has been fun to watch. Have a fun weekend!!!

  15. It looks wonderful! These guys are working so hard in the heat. Kudos to them!!